Ochusjob, Chiapas, Chariot 1982 photo by Antonio Turok


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Projects ยป 2017

2017 - 2018

Carruseles de Chiapas: Todos Unicos: (Eventually FaceBook Group)
Carousels are built in San Cristobal de las Casas Taller (Workshop) de Carruseles by local artisens with members of each project group also attending to work on building and painting the carousel going to their own community.

The history and artistry of the carousel is shared beforehand in each community so that they know about the origin of the carousel. Children get to look at and handle a full sized sample animal animal and are helped to make drawings (to be eventually shared on this site).

1. Page: Community Hospital (grounds), San Juan de Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico
    What: 15 foot diameter, 10 rider hand rope-pull powered carousel, ring catching game, pavilion.
    Where: On the grounds of the Community Hospital for Chamula Region, 8 miles northwest of SCLC in 7,500 foot elevation highlands area.
    Who: The children and families of a large rural and isolated region of indiginous Mayan decendants living in many small communities and farming areas throughout these minimally developed highland hills.
    Why: The hospital grounds are centrally located and a regular destination for groups of people. Often times many people are scared to go to the hospital. There is an excellent location for the carousel on the grounds and much use will be made of the carousel there by waiting families as well as locals in general. There is virtually nothing in the entire region like this for children and families.
    How to help make this carousel happen: Join effort, get ahold of Laura or Bill.

2. Page: D.I.C.E.T. School, Los Alcanfores, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
    What:20 foot diameter, 15 rider hand rope-pull powered carousel, ring catching game (pavilion already in place).
    Where: About 3 miles west of SCLC in the highlands hills, 7,400 feet elevation, inside an existing pavilion in the school yard.
    Who: The whole school community.
    Why: This ties into many different academic lessons the children are learning as well as being a social and fun activity which has specific demands.
    How to help make this carousel happen: Join effort, get ahold of Bertha or Bill.

3. Page: Communidad de Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico
    What:15 foot diameter, 10 rider hand rope-pull powered carousel, ring catching game, pavilion.
    Where: In the center of the indiginous community of Acteal which is about 20 miles north of SCLC as a crow flies, 40 miles by road in the highlands hills.
    Who: The the people of Acteal and all those coming there to visit.
    Why: This town of indiginous Mayan farmers has experinced unrest due to political disagreements. It is the site of a deadly massacre in December, 1997.
    How to help make this carousel happen: Join effort, contact Rebeca or Bill.

4. Page: Ejido Tierra y Liberdad, Chiapas, Mexico
    What:15 foot diameter, 10 rider hand rope-pull powered carousel, ring catching game, pavilion.
    Where: In center of indiginous ejido Tierra y Liberdad located between the Chiapas highlands and the Pacific coast, approximately 80 miles southwest of SCLC.
    Who: The people of the village and larger region.
    Why: This village is very isolted and forgotten to the world. A small carousel here will make a world of difference for many children and families over a large area.
    How to help make this carousel happen: Join effort, contact Shoshanna or Bill.